The business campaign to prevent employee organizations from protecting and
helping employees has been extremely successful and now the word union is a
dirty word and the popular thing is to denigrate the workers at every
opportunity. Teachers unions are a double attack on business. On
the one hand they want more money and benefits and on the other they produce
unwanted competitors to the business elite class by educating ordinary people.
The problem for ordinary people is that business has control of our
Re: ". . . now the word union is a dirty word . . . ."Rightfully so.As Mr. Will points out, the single role trade unions
play in the national debate is to demand more money, better benefits, and less
work for their members. And they've been successful, over the years, at
getting them.At the expense of education for our kids -- which
trends downward at about the same slope as "educators'" pay and
benefits.Nonetheless -- teacher trade unions, moreso than all
others, always couch their labor demands in terms of benefit to our children.
Though NONE of their primary labor goals actually benefit kids.In
the battle for better, smaller, more accountable government, trade unions are
not our partners, they're our adversaries.It's way past
time people like Mr. will called upon them to admit it and stop hiding behind
the very kids their unreasonable demands victimize.
Re: "At the expense of education for our kids -- which trends downward at
about the same slope as "educators'" pay and benefits."Meant to say -- At the expense of education for our kids -- which trends
downward at about the same slope as "educators'" pay and benefits
procuradorfiscalThe reason people band together in groups is to
enhance their strength in the economic jungle. Politicians do it, Doctors do
it, lawyers do it, plumbers do it, along with just about every other group with
a common interest. Even the janitors do it. But the only group
trashed, persecuted, denigrated, with false propaganda and bitter hate is the
workers unions. Contrary to what you have heard and been told,
worker unions are no more evil, crooked, greedy or bad than any other union of
human beings. The reason is pure economic. Individually, a person
is weak and helpless in dealing with the huge united front of business. And
helpless in the division of spoils from the business operation. All wealth comes from the efforts of people. Businessmen have profits by
buying cheap and selling dear. The campaign against workers unions is simply an
unfair, despicable and dishonest as carried out be business, and should not be
permitted in a decent capitalist society. BTW Thanks for the help
the other day.
I am sure Mr. Emanuel a well known Democrat politician who helped engineer the
President's victory in 2008 before being elected to being Mayor of Chicago
does not want a battle with unions. Especially the teacher's union, which
is the backbone group upon which Democrats nationwide depend for election.
However, the costs have now gotten out of control, and Mr. Emanuel can not pay
for the pandering without destroying the city. Financial reality is a difficult
thing as Chicago politicians are learning. Too bad, his old boss has not come
to a similar realization.
As a teamster member for the past 25 years,, I say to the teachers, STRIKE.
Unions are a good thing. Just being demonized by the GOP. More lies and hate
from the tired ol party with NO ideas.
Re: "The campaign against workers unions . . . should not be permitted in a
decent capitalist society."Yeah, and, come the revolution, the
AFL-CIO and the NEA will make sure no one criticizes union bosses and their
greedy policies and lifestyles.They'll make sure we all suffer
in silence, like good little socialists.
I find it funny the Rahm, now that he HAS to balance a budget, is taking on the
union bosses. When he was BO's chief of staff he had no qualms about
spending other people's money to buy votes, and if there was not enough,
just borrow from China. Cannot do that now, can he?UltraBob,In your defense of the demo/NEA, I guess you missed (or just ignored) this
from the article. "In the last 50 years, real per pupil spending nationwide
has tripled and the number of pupils per teacher has declined by a third, yet
educational attainments have fallen."I guess you also chose to
be ignorant of the fact that industries in the US are pushing for better
education, because they need qualified workers, and uneducated people do NOT
make qualified employees. You see, they want people to be qualified to make a
good living, not dependent on BO and his food-stamp programs.
If my boss came to me and asked me to work 30% more for only 2% more pay,
I'd strike if that option were available or just quit and move somewhere
else. Unfortunately, teachers really have no where to move. I don't the
mentality of putting down our nations teachers. They are the ones on the front
lines, and here in Utah, they are practically spit on by people with nothing but
condescension and hate. Thank goodness for the teachers that teach my children.
They work in overloaded classrooms for crappy pay, little parent support, and
bad attitudes from students and they still make a positive difference. You can
double my property taxes if it means teachers will get more pay, smaller
classrooms and better benefits.
The answer eluded Utah: vouchers! Vouchers fund competitive educational choices
for parents and their children. They were squashed by the intense campaigning
of the teacher's union. I am tired of the educational monopoly that locks
our children in liberal, left-leaning public school classrooms. Freedom of
choice should be recognized as God-given, and should be inalienable.